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VFW event May 7 will include salute to veterans, flag retirement
Editor: In the past few years there has been a resurgence of patriotic pride. The U.S. flag can be seen flying everywhere to indicate a symbol of unity and to remember those who have died for our country.

Commissioner begins term
The Columbia County Board of Commissioners returned to a full panel Tuesday for the first time in nearly three months.

Field day hopes to promote team-building for grown-ups
By Valerie Rowell

City-inspired scene
The owners of Landrum Florist wanted to dress up a bare brick wall on their new building with a sign advertising the Harlem business.

Restaurant and offices to go on Internet auction Tuesday
Residential developer Mark Herbert is looking to sell off some of his commercial properties with an online auction this month.

Pre-K slots will be cut by half
Nearly half the pre-kindergarten slots available in Columbia County's public schools will be cut.

Breakfast to feature governor as speaker
An annual breakfast event coming up Thursday will feature Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal as the keynote speaker.

Contractor fights for water project
A local contractor recently stripped of a county water utility project now must prove himself capable of working on another.

When given the proper conditions, caladiums can really brighten garden
One of the plants I like to see in landscapes is caladiums. The many colors they produce can enhance the look of a garden. When caladiums are mass planted, they create a focal point in the landscape.

Easter lily can bloom again
An estimated 12 million Easter lilies were sold in the United States during the past few weeks. Now that Easter has come and gone, some people might be wondering just what to do with the plant.

Schools delay math switch
The Columbia County school board voted Tuesday to wait until at least the 2012-13 school year before reverting from an "integrated" math curriculum to "discreet" math.

Countywide yard sale at fairgrounds is on again
The second annual Giant Columbia County Yard Sale returns to the Columbia County Fairgrounds on Saturday.

Property Transfers
Joseph F. Adams Jr. to Kristin A. Hayes, 608 Beretta Drive, $76,900.

Evans Elementary School Third Nine Weeks Honor Roll
Third Grade A: Lauren Brill, Claire Cates, Katy Cliatt, Jasmine Lee, Austin Martin, Nick O'Neal, Trey Williams, Anthony Behring, Jack Davis, Heru Graham, Macey Johnson, Aubrey Ridenour, Alex Shelnut, Sarah Walsh, Ella Warhurst, Richard Xiang, Adam Beale, Brian Chung, Matthew Kozlowski

Blue Ridge Elementary School Third Nine-Weeks Honor Roll
Third Grade A:John Arneman, Brooklyn Carlson, Alexa Drewry, Oran Hurst, Grace Lam, Sydney Lovelace, Harrison Stahler, Thomas Mai, Matthew Wright, Tucker Allen, Zachary Belle-Isle, Chase Brown, Hannah Hubert, Ethan Nguyen-Tu, Olivia Strickland, Taylor Coon, Victoria Faircloth, Josiah Garrard, Samuel Hopkins and Pooja Patel.

Pet Adoption Showcase
CSRA Happy Tails Rescue Inc. is a 501-C3 nonprofit licensed animal rescue group committed to the welfare of stray and unwanted dogs and cats in the Augusta area. Adoptions are held each Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Tractor Supply Co. on Bobby Jones Expressway. Please contact Barb at (706) 955-0438 or visit the Web site (www.csrahappytails.com) for information about the group or the featured animals.

On Vacation
Fred and Dot Jennings, of Grovetown, shown with the captain of their cruise ship, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in the Bahamas. They have three children and eight grandchildren..

The Young Georgia Authors 2010-11 Winners
The Young Georgia Authors 2010-11 winners were recognized during Tuesday's Columbia County School Board meeting.

Police Blotter
The following accounts were taken from reports from The Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Additional reports are available at www.columbia countyso.org:

Marriage Licenses
Terry Martin Robinson and Carol Jo Griggs applied for a marriage license on March 25, 2011, and were married April 2, 2011, in Washington, Ga.

Bel Air Elementary School Third Nine Weeks Honor Roll
Third Grade A: Corbin Adriano, Emma Ayres, Parker Basinger, Jack Baughn, Chandler Buser, Nicholas Caron, Nathan Clem, Peyton Fuller, Joshua Goodspeed, Joshua Holley, Lucy Johnson

Divorces
Megan K. Carlton and Christopher C. Carlton, April 19, 2011.

Cedar Ridge Elementary School Third Nine Weeks Honor Roll
Third Grade A: Avin Alexander, Ethan Asycue, Monroe Atkins, Sheyfer Bilbao, Alejandro Booher, Mikayla Bradford, Jessie Brown, Harley Carroll, Sam Carter, Adam Conrad, Sarah Curry, Stephanie Dawson, Zachary Ferrel, Andrew Flynn, Dominic Fowler, Keyla Gomez, Sydney Hansel, Leilah Harshbarger, Hunter Hawkins, Josadac Hooker, Anthony Hughes

Current Events
The Knights of Columbus Terence Cardinal Cooke Council 8495 will hold its annual bird house sale from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church, 4921 Columbia Road, to benefit the families of children with autism. For information or to donate a bird house to the sale, call Steve Crawford at (706) 840-1739.

New direction needed for tax reform
At the dinner table recently, I was discussing the Legislature's latest proposal for tax reform. This version entailed modestly expanding the types of purchases covered by the sales tax and lowering the income tax rate.

Editorial Cartoon
Editorial cartoon for Sunday, May 1, 2011.

Noisy visitors leaving soon
The buzz for the past week, literally, has been that buzz.

Ending pre-K better than halfway mending
If Columbia County school officials wanted to reinforce the impression held by many that the pre-kindergarten program is a publicly funded day-care service, congratulations: Mission accomplished.

St. Andrews gets Lakeside senior
Ever since she started playing softball in fourth grade, Jessie Wiegers has been enamored with the idea of playing in college.

Wesley trying to follow in Griffin 's MMA footsteps
With the rise in popularity of mixed martial arts, most people from Columbia County likely know the name Forrest Griffin. who played football at Evans. Griffin is a huge star in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the biggest organization in MMA.

Sports Calendar
The Third Annual East Georgia Classic benefiting the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life will be held May 9 at Gordon Lakes Golf Course at Fort Gordon.

Wolfpack out for revenge
When Alex Heider watches his Greenbrier High School boys golf team practice, sometimes he feels as though he's watching a college practice.

Prep Calendar
Soccer: Tuesday: Greenbrier vs. Starr's Mill in the second round of the Class AAAA state playoffs, time TBA

Fishing tourney reunites military service members
Fishing will reunite some old friends in the 21st Annual Military Bass Anglers Championship at Appling's Wildwood Park Wednesday through Friday.

Good effort
Evans' Patrick Frits contorts his body to hit a shot during a doubles match Tuesday against Starr's Mill. Frits and partner Will Rabb fell in a close match, as the Knights lost 3-2 in the second round of the Class AAAA state playoffs.

Augusta Prep girls tennis team will be force to reckon with for long time
State championships often are followed by a mass exodus of seniors.

Another county star joins Pirates
When Taylor Gove heads off to play college golf, he'll be taking his swing coach with him.

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